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It is believed he was walking to his family home a short distance away when he was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene of the accident.

The accident took place on a quiet road that links the villages of Clontibret and Annyalla with Derrynoose and Keady in Co Armagh.

Police on both sides of the Border are now looking for the driver and have appealed to anyone with information to come forward.
(Source: Irish Independent)

Offaly

Local Fine Gael TD’s Charlie Flanagan & Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (both Laois/Offaly) and Nicky McFadden (Longford/Westmeath) met with Gabriel D’Arcy, CEO and Pat Downes, Director or Bord na Móna last Thursday in the Dáil to discuss the company’s current projects in the region.

Deputy Flanagan, who arranged the meeting, stated, “Bord na Móna is a huge employer and a very significant player in the Midlands region and I work closely with the company on local issues.

owever, I believed it was appropriate for senior Bord na Móna officials to visit the Dáil to give my local colleagues and I a formal briefing on the company’s current projects and future plans.

“I am pleased that future Bord na Móna projects are set to deliver significant employment opportunities in the Midlands in keeping with the company’s record and Marcella, Nicky and I look forward to playing our part in ensuring that the right climate is created by Government to allow Bord na Móna to continue to flourish.”
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee has announced plans to protest at Leinster House this Wednesday and stage a demonstration on seven bridges crossing the River Shannon two days later.

RHAC Chairman John McDermott said a decision is also being made to send up to 50 people to the perimeter of the A&E Unit at University College Galway Hospital on Monday.

They will demonstrate their concerns over the hospital's inability to provide care for additional patients if Roscommon is downgraded.

In a linked move, volunteers from community groups and the farming sector have started to erect protest signage on the N5 and N6 national primary routes in Co Roscommon.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)

Sligo

Women from throughout the region are to stage a public protest at Sligo General Hospital on Wednesday in a bid to save the job of 'a charismatic' consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist.

Dr. Raouf Sallam, who has worked at the hospital as a locum for the past four years, did not have his contract renewed when it expired at the end of last week, and it's believed the post has already been filled by another appointment.

Furious patients of the Egyptian born doctor have now launched a campaign in an unprecedented move to save his job. A petition has already been signed by close to 200 patients and members of their families, and Health Minister, James Reilly, has been urged to intervene.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)

Tipperary

You “can’t give them a clip on the ear,” Insp Bernard Barry told Cllr Conor Delaney during a debate at Nenagh Joint Policing Committee on underage drinking. Cllr Delaney, who raised the issue, had asked what the Police response was to reports of underage drinking around the town.

“If you get a call about a group in a field with alcohol, how do you deal with it?” he asked. “Do they give thema clip on the ear and tell them to cop on and to get lost? Do they bring them to the station and call their parents?”

The FG councillor said that he had been told by parents that the Police just confiscate the alcohol, and he was concerned that the next time any group came together to drink they would have a friend that would text them the Police were on the way and would scatter.
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone

Police in Northern Ireland are keeping a wary eye for signs of trouble during the Orange marching season, which is in full swing and will reach its traditional climax on July 12.

Although tensions are generally lower than in previous parading seasons, recent rioting around the Short Strand area of east Belfast has served as a reminder that trouble can flare unexpectedly.

In Co Tyrone, police condemned dissident republicans who left a pipebomb near a play park in Strabane. The device, described as viable, was found last Thursday after police received a telephone warning that a device thrown at the town's police station last Wednesday had failed to explode.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Waterford

For the second time in his political career Labour’s Cllr Pat Hayes donned the mayoral robes as he became Waterford’s first citizen. He last had the honor in 1999/2000.

Speaking in City Hall last Monday Mayor Hayes, who was first elected to Waterford City Council in 1991, said it was an honor to find himself in the role for a second time after his nomination was accepted by all but two councilors, Cllr Davy Walsh and Cllr Dick Roche.

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